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Falcon's Fury officially open at Busch Gardens in Tampa

orlandosentinel.com — Falcon's Fury, a 335-foot-tall drop tower/thrill ride, has officially opened at Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, officials announced Tuesday. Guests having been trying out the attraction, centerpiece of the new Pantopia section of the park, during its "soft opening" phase for more than a week.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @ThemeParks: Falcon's Fury officially open at Busch Gardens. You are now free to plunge face-first 335 feet or so. bit.ly/1lwwxvs

Sep 02, 2014

Falcon's Fury officially open at Busch Gardens. You are now free to plunge face-first 335 feet or so. bit.ly/1lwwxvs

Walking Dead Hunt or Be Hunted

orlandosentinel.com — What to expect when "The Walking Dead" returns for fifth season on Oct. 12? AMC released a poster with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the line "Hunt or Be Hunted." That's always been the theme, but the poster is striking. We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.

Belvin Perry joins Morgan & Morgan as personal injury lawyer

orlandosentinel.com — Retired only a matter of hours, former Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry said Tuesday he was joining the Morgan & Morgan firm because he's a "workaholic," and to fulfill a lifelong desire to practice personal injury law.
Sep 02, 2014

Belvin Perry officially joins Morgan & Morgan as personal injury lawyer | Story: bit.ly/1plHcUQ pic.twitter.com/96JaBBH4yF

Holy Land Experience free admission day is Wednesday

orlandosentinel.com — Wednesday, Sept. 3, will be a free-admission day at the Holy Land Experience, a Bible-themed attraction near Interstate 4 and Conroy Road in Orlando. Entry will be allowed on a first come, first served basis. The main gates will close if the park reaches capacity. Parking is also free.
Sep 02, 2014

Free admission day at Holy Land Experience is tomorrow. bit.ly/1qlHWP0

How they fared: week one poll casualties include Apopka, Dwyer

orlandosentinel.com — Here's how state-ranked Florida high school football teams fared last week (compiled by the Associated Press as part of the state sportswriters poll): Class 8A 1. Miramar (1-0) beat Delray American Heritage 14-7. 2. Apopka (0-1) lost to Oak Ridge 28-23. 3. Dr. Phillips (1-0) beat Timber Creek 24-13. 4.
Sep 02, 2014

Here's how state-ranked football teams fared last week. Oak Ridge over @ApopkaFootball shakes up 8A top 10: bit.ly/1tqR8Ei #CFLHSFB

Legoland Florida opens character spot at Magnolia Mansion

orlandosentinel.com — Legoland Florida has opened Buddy's Character Corner, a meet-and-greet area, within Magnolia Mansion, a key structure during the property's Cypress Gardens era. Visitors can now visit with characters Buddy, Max, the Lego Friends and Emmet from "The Lego Movie," all inside air-conditioned comfort. Magnolia Mansion, built in 1941, had been used by Legoland for meetings.
Sep 02, 2014

Legoland Florida opens Buddy's Character Corner in old Cypress Gardens mansion. bit.ly/1ufBk56

Darden offers more concessions to activist investors

orlandosentinel.com — Embattled Darden Restaurants offered Monday to replace eight of its 12 board directors after the company released expectations for another weak quarter financially. Darden Restaurants Inc. chairman Charles Ledsinger and seven other members have offered to retire and be replaced with four board nominees from activist Starboard Values and four new nominees the company announced Monday.
Sep 02, 2014

In what may be @Darden_News's last chance, it offers more concessions to activist investors orlandosentinel.com/business/os-da… $DRI

Ex-UCF player Sean Johnson quietly developing into elite goalkeeper for Chicago Fire

orlandosentinel.com — It was just one goal in one game in a season littered with far uglier results, but it was the latest lesson in the education of former UCF goalkeeper Sean Johnson. The goal was hardly Johnson's fault, but by the time the Chicago Fire keeper walked off the field after a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC, he already knew where the mistake was made and how to correct it.
Sep 02, 2014

I was in Chicago last week, so I took a day to catch up with former UCF star and Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson: bit.ly/1CmRs9A

Avahya Martin death on Tarpon Street continues cycle of violence

orlandosentinel.com — KISSIMMEE - Sixteen-month-old Avahya Martin spent her last hours alive in a Tarpon Street home where police say her father swung the 23-pound toddler like a baseball bat and slammed her against a hard surface. The 23-year-old father, Anthony Martin, then waited 16 hours to seek medical care for Avahya at Florida Hospital Kissimmee less than a mile away, according to court documents.
Sep 02, 2014

A sad, sad story: Generations of abuse in a single family, a dead 1-year-old girl. By my friend @HenryPCurtis orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-…

Clermont family featured on HGTV's 'House Hunters'

orlandosentinel.com — Kate Castleman and sons Emry, 4, and Layne, 2, sit on the deck of their new home on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The Castlemans were featured last week on HGTV's "House Hunters." They bought a house on Osceola Street in Clermont. The family moved from South Carolina to be closer to his family.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @osbreakingnews: Clermont family featured on HGTV's 'House Hunters' bit.ly/1x4Yj7w